Artist Profile: Mary McDonnell


Mary McDonnell is another artist S. B. Long Interiors Inc. absolutely loves. McDonnell’s signature oil paintings, ink drawings, and drawings on paper, are the work of pure genius. Her works signify American art, showcase her passion for color and invoke an intimate, emotional and personal connection.

McDonnell’s works have been featured in 16 solo exhibitions, dating back to 1992. Her works have been showcased at various venues throughout the country, including: Miller Block Gallery, Boston (2000, 2002, 2005), Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston (2003), The Viewing Room, New York (2002) and her most recent 2009 solo exhibition, “Touch” New Paintings & Drawings at James Graham Gallery in New York.

Her paintings and drawings have also been showcased in 18 group exhibitions, dating back to 1981 and as recent as 2010.


Her current and upcoming group exhibitions, “Drawn/Taped/Burned: Abstraction on Paper,” is currently being held through May 1 at Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY and “Arcadia Now,” will be held April 11-May 15 at Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College, Vermont.

Throughout her extensive career, McDonnell has won numerous awards including the 2003 Distinguished Artist Award, from Western Michigan University Art’s Centennial. McDonnell’s work has also been featured in Elle Décor, as well as reviewed in various national publications including: ArtNews, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

We love McDonnell’s work here at S.B. Long Interiors Inc. because it’s so abstract and enigmatic, yet colorful and graceful. Just take a look at some of her works in this post and on James Graham & Sons website, and tell us what you think!


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